The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2010

Responses to Dignitas personae - Part I of II

Tracy Jamison
Pages 111-122

Embryo Adoption and the Design of Human Nature
The Analogy between Artificial Insemination and Artificial Impregnation

Embryo adoption is an act of artificial impregnation. Artificial impregnation is analogous to artificial insemination. The conditions under which artificial impregnation is ethically acceptable may therefore be the same as the conditions under which artificial insemination is ethically acceptable. But artificial insemination is ethically acceptable only when it assists conjugal union to attain its natural purpose. If artificial impregnation is likewise ethically acceptable only insofar as it assists and does not replace conjugal union, then the presence or absence of the conjugal act itself is the fundamental moral criterion by which to judge whether to permit or exclude artificial impregnation. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10.1 (Spring 2010): 111–122.